The growth within the healthcare industry is expected to escalate as the world population of “baby boomers” age. Not only will the number of jobs increase, but new and different types of jobs will arise from this need. That makes choosing the healthcare industry a good career choice.
Career opportunities are found in a wide variety of settings such as:
- Nursing homes
- Physician practice
- Mental health organizations
- Rehabilitation centers
- Ambulatory care facilities
- Consulting firms
- Health Care associations
- Health insurance organizations
- Home health agencies
- Hospitals and hospital systems
- Integrated delivery systems
- Long-term care facilities
- Managed care organizations (such as HMOs and PPOs)
- Medical group practices
- Public health departments
- Skilled nursing facilities
- University or research institutions
Skills Acquired and Curriculum
DSU’s BS-HCA degree program helps students gain knowledge and skills in all aspects of healthcare business administration including finance & accounting, management, human resource management, and law. In addition, it prepares students to be successful medical administrators, able to manage large groups, think critically, keep up to date on the latest federal regulations, and possess excellent communication skills. The curriculum is designed to expose students to the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the health-care industry through courses related to policy, law, economics, management, and marketing, as well as interdisciplinary courses dealing with ethical, religious, psychosocial, political, legal, literary, and historical perspectives on health-care practices.
Graduates of the BS-HCA degree program are prepared to:
- Work in hospitals, private practice, and a wide range of other health care settings in administration roles.
- Demonstrate mastery the major components, relationships and terminology associated with the healthcare industry.
- Effectively handle personnel issues in a variety of settings using their knowledge of communication, operations, leadership, human resources and other management skills.
- Apply critical thinking and analysis skills across health care settings, demonstrating ethical decision making.
- Utilize financial and marketing theories, analysis, reporting to demonstrate competency in health care business planning and practices.
Why Earn this Degree?
High salary potential and better than average job growth projected over the next decade or more makes this an appealing career choice. According to the US Department of Labor, healthcare will generate 3.2 million jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry, largely in response to rapid growth in the elderly population.